Speaking and Lobbying Work
2022 National Community Reinvestment Conference
In 2021, Illinois became the 2nd state to require banks, credit unions, and non-bank mortgage companies to invest in, loan to, and serve the entire community in which they are located. In this video, Brent discusses how Illinois was able to pass a state Community Reinvestment Act but why other states would not necessarily be able to follow the Illinois playbook.
News Articles & OpEds
Op-Ed Contributor, Chicago Sun-Times, “Make a final push for fair housing for ex-offenders” (Aug. 21, 2019)
Guest Columnist, Daily Herald, “Illinois Should Embrace a National Rate Cap on Consumer Loans” (Dec. 15, 2019)
Illinois Should Embrace a National Rate Cap on Consumer Loans (Dec. 15, 2019)
Position & Research Papers
2022 Co-author, Patterns of Disparity: Small Business Lending in Illinois (Aug. 2019)
Letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding Dodd-Frank Section 1017 Rulemaking on Data Collection for Small Business Loans
Other Works Featuring Brent
When Dogs Heal: Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them
By Jesse Freidin (Author, Photographer), Christina Garofalo (Author), Robert Garofalo (Author), Zach Stafford (Author). Brent’s story is among those featured in the book.
High-Interest Loans in Chicago Target Black Neighborhoods: Statistical Significance on Steroids’ Shows Payday Borrowers Mostly Lived in Majority-Black ZIP Codes.
By Stephanie Zimmermann, Chicago Sun-Times, Nov 26, 2021. Brent is pictured and quoted extensively.